A Day Of Julia Donaldson part one- A Squash and a Squeeze

We were invited to view a lovely Julia Donaldson exhibition, A Squash and a Squeeze at Gas Hall at Birmingham museum and Art Gallery. Followed by a viewing of Room On The Broom at Birmingham Town Hall.

We had a wonderful day. We arrived at the exhibition nice and early and were first in which was nice because it soon became quite crowded. We spent two hours walking around and interacting with all the exhibits. All our Julia Donaldson favourites were there including the Gruffalo, Tiddler, Cave Baby and A Squash and a Squeeze to name a few.

In the central room there was a big tree to play in and a wonderful stage for the children to act out their own stories. There were lots of dressing up costumes and the girls really loved it there. I think I may have a couple of thespians on my hands. The Little Man was less interested in dressing up but did enjoy playing in with the music box, although I don’t think he was supposed to pull all the buttons out, eek! (luckily, they easily pushed back in again, no damage done, phew! Little Monster)

The littlies loved the Squash and a Squeeze houses. One was empty except for a little furniture, the other was full of animals just like in the story. Star loved the cow on the table.

Another favourite, What the Lady Bird Heard. In this colourful corner there were lots of puzzles and toys.
Everyone loves the Gruffalo, although I have to admit it took my littlies a while to actually pick up the courage to go and stroke the huge Gruffalo, and I didn’t get a photo of them with it because by the time they had grown used to it, it was constantly surrounded by other children. The Gruffalo corner was the biggest display with all the animals from the stories and a wonderful shadow area as you can see here demonstrated by Star. The Little Man loved the touchy-feely Gruffalo parts on the wall as well.
The Cave Baby corner was really popular too, the big boulders are made of polystyrene and the children could move them around to make their own caves. The big wall showed cave paintings appear as if by magic. 
Here the littlies are having lots of fun walking around the huge Superworm on the floor.
The Smartest Giant in Town is one of my favourite stories. The littlies had the opportunity to get creative with pictures and puzzles and then hang them on the wall.
The littlies loved riding on the whale from The Whale and the Snail.
There were dressing up costumes everywhere, meet a princess and Zog the dragon.
Then of course they had to do a little acting on the stage.
I’ll leave you with a photo of the tree!
The Squash and a Squeeze exhibition can be seen at Birmingham Museum Gas Hall until 3rd November 2013.
We were given tickets to the event for the purpose of this review. We were also given tickets to see Room on the Broom at Birmingham Town Hall and you can read my review here.
All thoughts and opinions (and littlies) are my own.


  1. August 9, 2013 / 3:18 pm

    Wow that looks like a fantastic day! Bit too far for us to travel though 🙁 #PoCoLo

    • August 10, 2013 / 10:00 am

      It is, I didn't know what to expect but I'm so glad we went 🙂

  2. August 9, 2013 / 4:38 pm

    Wow, what a brilliant exhibition! Looks like you had a great day 🙂 #PoCoLo

  3. August 9, 2013 / 8:06 pm

    that sounds amazing – love things that bring a story to life! x

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